Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful
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Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!

Home Remodeling Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

5 Common Questions From Homeowners About Basement Waterproofing

Lee Hunt

Moisture in your basement should never be ignored. As you probably know, moisture leads to mold and mold can be hazardous to your health. Instead of struggling to keep your damp basement dry after heavy rains, why not have it waterproofed? Below, you will find the answers to some of the questions that you have about waterproofing your basement.

Will waterproofing put a stop to the moisture problems?

In most cases, yes. The only sure way to know if waterproofing will help your moisture problem is to have an inspection performed on your home. Oftentimes, basement waterproofing experts offer a free inspection and estimate, so why not see what they have to say?

What should you expect during an inspection and estimate?

When the technician arrives, he or she will talk with you about the problems that you are experiencing and tour your home inside and out. He or she will take note of potential problem areas and offer suggested fixes for each issue. Measurements will be taken to help provide you with an accurate estimate.

The technician will then put together a list of your options along with estimates for each option.

How do you prepare for an estimate?

Really, there is nothing much to do. You may be tempted to move all of the damp things away from the walls to give the technician a better view of the walls, but that may hinder his or her ability to trace the cause of the issue. Instead, leave everything where it is and just grant him or her access to all areas affected by the moisture.

How much does it cost to have your basement waterproofed?

It is difficult to predict the cost of waterproofing without knowing what is causing the moisture problem. Waterproofing methods could cost as little as $100 to grade the soil at the foundation of your home, or as much as $15,000 for more involved resolutions, like footer drains and a waterproof barrier installation. That is why it is best to have an estimate performed before avoiding the repairs because you think you cannot afford them.

Will moisture in the basement be an issue in the future?

If the job is done right, you shouldn't experience any future moisture problems in your basement. If you do, you should contact the contractor that performed the waterproofing work. He or she will likely be able to quickly identify the problem and make the necessary adjustments.

Tip: Your waterproofing contractor (such as Cozens Brothers Contractors) may offer a warranty for the services provided that will cover future repairs.

Don't let moisture ruin your home and put your family at risk of mold exposure. Working with a waterproofing contractor is a great first step in creating a usable and safe basement in your home.